Offline bookmarks

Geek to Live: Save and annotate the Web with Scrapbook. “It’s no wonder why the Scrapbook Firefox extension was a winner in the recent Extend Firefox contest. Scrapbook saves bits and pieces of the Web to your local disk, lets you add comments and annotations, arrange the content in folders, and makes it all fully searchable without ever leaving your browser. A must-have tool for Internet researchers, students, writers and voracious bookmarkers, Scrapbook could change how you save and search bookmarks and Web content forever.”


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Personal text services

Mozes: Secure Your Keyword. “Hear a song on the radio that you like and want to bookmark? Text the radio station (ie, KROQ) to 66937 (which translates to “Mozes”). Mozes will note the time and station name and bookmark the song title in your Mozes page (and sms you the song information). Meet someone who has a Mozes keyword? SMS their Mozes keyword to 66937 and store whatever personal information they’ve elected to share. And online advertisers can use a Mozes keyword to give you more information on the product.”


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Wireless payment

French road-test cashless technology. “Caen’s citizens have been road-testing the technology since late last year at a number of locations. Among them is an underground parking garage; the town hall; a bus stop that can transmit timetable information; a cinema poster that downloads video trailers to people’s phones; a local supermarket where people can pay for their groceries with their phone; and a tourist information sign outside the historic Abbaye des Hommes.
By touching a mobile phone against the Flytag logo at each of these locations, people can pay for services or receive information straight to their phone.”

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False trust in technology

UK drivers trust GPS more than their own eyes. “Twice in the space of the last two weeks, we’ve seen reports of British drivers taking serious risks because they trust the info displayed on the small screen more than what they see through their windshield. In the most recent case, drivers passing through the village of Luckington have found themselves landing in the River Avon, by following a GPS-recommended route that pointed to a bridge that has been closed for a week.”


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